One summer can change your whole life. As soon as school lets out, Eliot's parents send him to the very edge of the world: a fishing village in a remote part of Nova Scotia. And what does the small town of Point Aconi have to offer? Maggots, bullies and grumpy old men. But along the way, Eliot discovers much more—a hidden library, starry nights and a mysterious girl named Mary Beth. See Point Aconi through Eliot's eyes, as he finds that this place he never wanted to visit is becoming a home he doesn't want to leave.--from the publisher
"Sea Change is like a dip in cold Canadian waters: just step inside, and soon you're completely swept away, finding yourself overwhelmed and breathless, entranced by this whirlwind of a book. Bravo, Frank Viva. And glub, glub, glub." - Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events
"Truly heartbreaking! Viva ingeniously weaves words and pictures to evoke that strange, wonderful moment - when the very worst experience of your life somehow becomes the very best." - Chip Kidd, author of Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts
Twelve-year-old Eliot is not happy about spending his summer in Nova Scotia helping his great-uncle out on his fishing boat. What Eliot does not know or even begin to realize is that these few months are going to change him profoundly. He will arrive in Point Aconi as a boy but the hours he spends reading through his uncle's shelves of books, working on the fishing boat, spending time outdoors swimming and exploring and becoming aware of the local community politics and motives will send him back home a wiser, more grown up guy headed into manhood.
Along the way he will make friends with Mary Beth and some of the other local kids and will find out something about girls, kissing, and secrets that might need to come to light even though they carry pain and perhaps retribution.
This is a powerful coming of age story told as a graphic novel that will reach the emotional places in readers who never find their way to those places through text alone.
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com